AMST-140
Wash DC: Life in a Monument
WAIT-1
001
 
03.00
Cabello,T 
 
 
W       11:20AM 02:10PM  TBA  TBA    01/16/18 05/08/18
 
AMST-240 FA4
Poverty & Culture
OPEN
001
 
03.00
Curtin,M 
 
 
TF      02:30PM 03:45PM  TBA  TBA    01/16/18 05/08/18
 
WAIT-1
002
 
03.00
Woods,S 
 
 
MTH     12:55PM 02:10PM  TBA  TBA    01/16/18 05/08/18
 
As a part of this course, students will engage with a nonprofit agency or school in the D.C. area to apply their course knowledge.
AMST-296
Selected Topics:Non-Recurring
WAIT-1
001
Superheroes & American Society 
03.00
Vester,K 
 
 
W       05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    01/16/18 05/08/18
 
Superheroes and American Society (3) Superhero comics emerged in the 1930s from pulp fiction to reflect on Americans' desire for security, order, and control. During the following decades, comic superheroes conquered movie and TV screens, but continued to project the desires of generations, as well as the ideologies prevalent in American society. This course discusses how the superhero genre has examined foreign policy, war, gender, race, and change in the past and present.
AMST-320
American Cultural History
OPEN
001
U.S. Through Foreign Eyes 
03.00
Bell,A 
 
 
W       11:20AM 02:10PM  TBA  TBA    01/16/18 05/08/18
 
U.S. Through Foreign Eyes (3) Since its inception, the United States has been the subject of celebration, inspiration, and condemnation from those living outside its borders. This course uses a wide variety of primary sources to explore how the United States has tried to project itself abroad, as well as how a variety of commentators, e.g., journalists, heads of states, intellectuals, migrants, and minorities in other countries, have responded to the United States at different times.
WAIT-1
002
Kendrick: Black Men & Hip-Hop 
03.00
Lane,C 
 
 
T       05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    01/16/18 05/08/18
 
Kendrick: Black Men and Hip-Hop in U.S. Popular Culture (3) Rapper Kendrick Lamar's 2015 album To Pimp a Butterfly and his 2017 album Damn have been herald by some as two of the best hip-hop albums in the last decade. Both offer scathing critiques of anti-black racism, mass incarceration, extrajudicial killings of black men, and the continued devaluation in American popular culture of the bodies of black people. This course pairs Kendrick Lamar's body of work with contemporary hip-hop studies to engage with issues Lamar's work inspires including black radical thought, representations of black femininity/masculinity in American popular culture, black sexual politics, and the effects of drugs, poverty, and mass incarceration on American ways of life. Students learn and apply key theories in cultural studies related to race, gender, and sexuality as well as their intersections, and examine how black men and hip-hop have been situated in American popular culture over the past century.
(Meets with AFAM 396 003)
AMST-330
Contemporary American Culture
WAIT-5
001
Politics, TV Series & Ethics 
03.00
Woods,S 
 
 
M       05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    01/16/18 05/08/18
 
Politics, TV Series, and Ethics (3) Political television shows such as The West Wing, House of Cards, and Scandal have garnered critical acclaim and strong ratings, while sparking dialogue at times of low voter turnout and political engagement. This course examines the interplay between politics, ethics, and the media. Topics explored include government corruption, media bias, the politics of race and gender representation, journalistic integrity, and the influence of political series on American popular culture. The course relies on academic texts, online resources, videos, and guest speakers.
AMST-340
Commun Activism & Regional Std
WAIT-2
001
Sexuality and Social Media 
03.00
Woods,S 
 
 
TH      05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    01/16/18 05/08/18
 
Sexuality and Social Media (3) This course examines the interplay between sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, and social media. Students explore advantages and disadvantages of the growth of social media as it pertains to sex and sexuality, and how the evolution of online communication and social networks has encouraged sexual expression, sex education, and activism. Topics include how social media use has increased fear, misinformation, prejudice, and harassment, as well as the impact of social media on relationships and forming identities. Students explore and read a variety of sources including academic texts, documentaries, feminist theory, queer theory, and case studies. Meets with WGSS-350 007.
(Meets with WGSS 350 007)
AMST-396
Selected Topics:Non-Recurring
WAIT-2
001
American Drug Wars 
03.00
Pembleton,M 
 
 
MTH     04:05PM 05:20PM  TBA  TBA    01/16/18 05/08/18
 
American Drug Wars (3) This seminar introduces students to the concept of the war on drugs broadly interpreted, and surveys America's history with mind-altering substances and efforts to control or prohibit the same. America's battle with addiction has both greater longevity and importance than is generally appreciated. Beginning with the role of commodities such as coffee, sugar, tobacco, and alcohol in forging global trade routes and colonial empires, the course examines America's experience with drugs, alcohol, temperance movements, crime, and law enforcement from the early republic into the twentieth century with the birth of the modern drug war. Students are presented with American social, cultural, and political history "through the saloon door," and examine how taboos and attempts at prohibition have been historically contingent, as well as how drug and alcohol use has often been the site of profound political and social conflicts, many with lasting implications. Meets with HIST-396 001.
(Meets with HIST 396 001)
OPEN
002
#BlackLivesMatter and Beyond 
03.00
Lane,C 
 
 
TH      05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    01/16/18 05/08/18
 
#BlackLivesMatter and Beyond (3) The movement which was sparked as a result of the Twitter hashtag #BlackLivesMatter is one of the most important in the history of Black life in the United States. Its meaning, that black lives should matter too, has been used to call out the ongoing anti-black racism, white supremacy, and violence against people of color at the hands of law enforcement that has plagued the United States, before and since Emancipation. This course uses Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor's book From #BlackLivesMatter to Black Liberation as the central text, and offers an interdisciplinary exploration of Black activist movements and struggles from slave revolts, Fredrick Douglass, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett to the Black Panther Party; on to the Black Arts Movement and the Combahee River Collective; to the formation of the Congressional Black Caucus, and to the eruption of the #BLM Movement. The course steeps students both in the horrors that Black people have faced in the United States, as well as their triumphs and victories, despite their continued oppression.
(Meets with AFAM 396 002)
AMST-400
Interpreting American Culture
Prerequisite: AMST-200.
OPEN
002
 
03.00
Vester,K 
 
 
T       05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    01/16/18 05/08/18
 
AMST-491
Internship in American Studies
Permission: instructor and program director.
OPEN
001
 
01.00-06.00
Weis,L 
 
 
 
AMST-496
Selected Topics:Non-Recurring
OPEN
001
Senior Capstone in CRGC 
03.00
Cabello,T 
 
 
W       05:30PM 08:00PM  TBA  TBA    01/16/18 05/08/18
 
Senior Capstone in Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies (3) This seminar serves as the capstone course for the various programs that comprise Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies (CRGC). Building on previous coursework, students conduct original research in their area of study with an emphasis on interdisciplinarity, culminating in a final thesis or project, with opportunities to share ideas, receive feedback from peers and faculty, and work collaboratively. Meets with ASIA-496 001 AWST-496 001 WGSS-496 006.
(Meets with ASIA 496 001 AWST 496 001 WGSS 496 006)